September 29, 2005
Virginia units recognized for "Excellence in Diversity"
Two Virginia units have been recognized by the National Guard Bureau for their outstanding diversity programs. Guard Bureau presents awards in five categories: Joint State/Territory, ARNG Unit, ARNG Individual, ANG Wing and ANG Individual. These annual awards play an important role in combating structural barriers that prevent acceptance of diversity in workplace in order to achieve unit readiness.
The Joint Forces Headquarters, Virginia, was named the winner of the Joint State/Territory award. According to the award announcement memorandum, "the JFHQ-VA, through their various community partnerships, including the ChalleNGe Program, Special Olympics, and the Boy Scouts, has fostered an environment of mentoring and diversity. Leadership has fully embraced the Diversity Initiatives Program by implementing their Joint Diversity Plan beginning in 2003 and setting long and short-term goals for recruiting, training, qualifying, promoting and retaining quality Soldiers in an effort to institutionalize the Diversity Awareness Training and Senior Leader Diversity Curriculum within their organization."
The 192nd Fighter Wing of Sandston, Va., was the ANG winner of the Unit/Wing award for Excellence in Diversity. According to the award announcement memorandum, "the Wing reported measurable accomplishments in the implementation of diversity initiatives, development of trained diversity educators, documented growth and retention of under represented groups, partnerships with community organizations, and the development of an effective diversity strategic plan."